With the enormous growth in international commerce over the last few decades knowledge of international commercial law has become an essential element of legal practice in all major law firms. The course allows you to develop expertise at international and regional level in trade and commerce. The LLM programme, in Commercial Law offers you a specialist pathway for in depth study in law relating to business. It would particularly suit those wishing to specialise in commercial legal practice or commercial legal work within corporations, NGOs or government.


The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.


Taught modules on the LLM Commercial Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of commercial law.


This is a full-time one year programme with approximately six to nine contact hours a week. However, as independent study is fundamental to the course, the total study time will be around 36 hours a week. The LLM in Commercial Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.


Graduates must hold a Law Honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution. Non-law graduates may also be considered for admission if they have relevant experience or if they have a degree in a related area of study such as Business or Criminology. Graduates from non-English speaking institutions will be required to provide evidence of their knowledge of the English Language.


To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, students are required to complete the necessary four modules earning a total of 60 credits. To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four modules earning a total of 120 credits. Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM in Commercial Law, you will need to also write a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits in addition to completing all the other eight modules earning a total of 180 credits. (See Course Structure)


Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates. The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability. It is the intention of the University to deliver the courses/modules as published on this page.  To ensure our provision is kept relevant and current, the University may change, combine or withdraw courses/modules in response to stakeholder feedback or limited demand.

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